GP McManus talks infrastructure and jobs with U.S. Secretary of Transportation

McManus and Buttigieg talking Infrastructure.

United Association General President Mark McManus recently met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and discussed infrastructure and jobs in America.  The first question General President McManus asked Secretary Buttigieg was why the Biden Administration was able to deliver what former administrations could not. “First of all, we have a president who keeps his

Biden-Harris Administration announces ways to increase nuclear and clean energy

Local 598 Business Manager Nick Bumpaous at the White House summit.

The nuclear power industry employs nearly 60,000 workers in good-paying jobs and supports hundreds of thousands of other workers.  The Biden-Harris Administration released a statement on May 29 announcing they will continue to build on President Biden’s unprecedented goal of a carbon-free electricity sector by 2035 while ensuring that consumers across the country have access

Meeting of ‘The Tribe’ tackles mental health

The Tribe at one of their events.

According to the CDC, the suicide rate among construction workers is more than five times higher than the average suicide rate in the United States, with one out of every 2,000 construction workers killing themselves annually.  The feeling of isolation can often be a silent accomplice to the epidemic of suicide, as individuals deprived of

Ladies of 798 continue their amazing charity work

Ladies of 798 logo

Ladies of 798 was created in 2007 at the Pipeline Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Norma Kay Hendrix and Nicole Barnett spearheaded the idea, but Hendrix pointed out that everyone was supportive, including the men and too many spouses to count. The original team, which included men, was committed to making a difference in the lives

Ohio State Association Organizers win lost wages settlement for non-union workers

Ryan Cox after he wins his settlement.

In 2018, retired Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 member Paul Venti started a non-profit corporation to help feed and clothe the homeless, Fighting the Good Fight on Hunger and Homelessness.  On Feb. 7, 2010, the Kleen Energy Natural Gas power plant in Middletown, Conn., exploded, killing six Brothers. Venti wanted to do something to give

Local 420 member and his wife organize 5k walk and fundraiser

John and Ashley Plasha during their 5K.

Fourth-generation Steamfitters Local 420 Philadelphia journeyman John Plasha, Jr., and his wife, Ashley, organized a 5k walk and fundraiser for the Angel Names Association.  Angel Names Association is a nonprofit organization that aims to ease the financial burden imposed by stillbirth, provide support programs and services for families enduring the trauma of stillbirth, and raise

UA Brothers and Sisters continue to assist the homeless

UA Brothers and Sisters fighting against homelessness

In 2018, retired Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 member Paul Venti started a non-profit corporation to help feed and clothe the homeless, Fighting the Good Fight on Hunger and Homelessness.  On Feb. 7, 2010, the Kleen Energy Natural Gas power plant in Middletown, Conn., exploded, killing six Brothers. Venti wanted to do something to give

President Biden Appoints UA Member to Department of Labor Advisory Council

Minnesota UA leaders at a Serving Our Troops event.

United Association Special Representative Larry Bulman, a 4th Generation UA member, was appointed in August by President Biden to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC). The United Association continues to play a central role in shaping the future of our industries and the legislation that impacts our membership. This advisory council

UA Local 597 member uses CPR training to save a life

Chris Ingram and other Local 597 members.

On July 20, 2023, Chris Ingram, a 13-year member of Pipefitters Local 597, was on the United Piping, Inc. Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) pipeline project in Valparaiso, Ind., when a local laborer fell unconscious.  Ingram immediately jumped in and started performing CPR until the paramedics arrived, ultimately saving the man’s life. He explained

UA VIP program graduate completes 68-mile Ruck for Veteran Suicide Awareness

Jacob Blankenship on his 68-mile Ruck for Veteran Suicide Awareness

Jacob Blankenship, U.S. Marine veteran, United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Camp Pendleton program graduate and member of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 776, Lima, Ohio, organized a 68-mile ruck for veteran suicide awareness.  Blankenship was a Field Radio Operator with the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines. After he read the book Tribe: On